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slee | Posted: 10 Mar 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars fall to Gonzaga in WCC championship game


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LAS VEGAS – The BYU men’s basketball team fell to No. 7/7 Gonzaga 91-75 despite a career-high 28 points from Kyle Collinsworth in the West Coast Conference Finals Tuesday night in the Orleans Arena.

"It was quite a game," BYU basketball coach Dave Rose said. "Guys on both sides battled. Our guys competed really hard and it was a real physical game. In the second half, [Przemek] Karnowski was really a factor to get them off to a nice little jump. Our guys responded and got the thing back to a single possession game. Then it was almost like we kind of wore down a little bit, but for all 40 minutes these guys fought really hard and competed well."

Collinsworth added eight rebounds and five assists while Tyler Haws finished with 15 points, four rebounds and four assists. Both players were named the WCC All-Tournament Team after leading the Cougars to the WCC title game.

Skyler Halford contributed 13 points off the bench with Corbin Kaufusi pulling down a career-high nine rebounds on the night. Isaac Neilson and Luke Worthington each finished with five rebounds.

Both teams got off to a slow start with Collinsworth scoring the first seven BYU points to give the Cougars a 7-6 lead at the 14:24 mark. A quick 12-2 run by Gonzaga put the Bulldogs up 21-12, but was answered by Halford’s 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 21-15 with 11:10 left in the half.

An 8-2 run that included Worthington’s tip-in and Collinsworth’s three-point play brought the Cougars back within three at 35-32 with 6:00 left on the clock. The Bulldogs extended their lead to nine at 46-37 until Halford’s triple and Collinsworth’s free throws brought BYU back within four with under three minutes to go in the half.

BYU fell into a 2:35 scoring drought entering halftime down 48-42. Collinsworth led all players with 17 points and pulled down six rebounds. Halford added nine points with Haws contributing seven points despite being in foul trouble.

The Cougars and Bulldogs traded baskets to start the second half until Haws and Collinsworth’s buckets brought BYU within two points at 54-52 at the 16:28 mark. With 8:55 remaining, Josh Sharp, Collinsworth and Haws put together a 6-0 run to cut BYU’s deficit to six at 71-65 after Gonzaga had extended its lead to 12.

The Bulldogs continued to maintain their double-digit lead after responding to each BYU basket with a basket of their own to take the conference championship 91-75.

BYU outrebounded Gonzaga 42-37, grabbing 15 offensive rebounds, to score 12 second chance points.

The Cougars will await NCAA Selection Sunday on March 15 in hopes of getting an at-large bid to the 2015 NCAA Tournament.  

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Kyle Chilton | Posted: 10 Mar 2015 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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BYU to play Gonzaga in WCC Championship game


Game Notes: BYU vs. Gonzaga

With an automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA Tournament on the line, BYU basketball will face No. 1 seed and nationally ranked Gonzaga in the title game of the West Coast Conference Championships Tuesday in the Orleans Arena at 6 p.m. PDT. The game will be televised live on ESPN and broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.


  • BYU is second in the country in scoring at 83.8 points per game
  • Guard Tyler Haws, named to the Wooden Award ballot (top 15), the Naismith Midseason Top 30, a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and a Jerry West Award finalist, is third in the country in scoring at 22.1 points per game
  • Haws is first on the BYU career scoring list and 24th all-time in NCAA history with 2,672 points
  • Guard Kyle Collinsworth has set the NCAA record for triple-doubles in a season and tied the NCAA career record with six, has 14 double-doubles on the year and has reached 1,100 career points.
  • BYU has advanced to the final of the WCC Championships for the second-straight year

BYU Cougars (25-8, 13-5 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Career Record: 257-86 (10th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

No. 7/7 Gonzaga Bulldogs (31-2, 17-1 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Mark Few
  • Alma Mater: Oregon, 1987
  • Career Record: 434-102 (16th)
  • Record at Gonzaga: Same

Series Information

  • Series Record: Gonzaga leads 8-4
  • Last Meeting: BYU won 73-70, 2/28/15
  • H/A/N: 2-2/1-3/1-3

Game Information

  • TV: ESPN
  • TV Talent: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Sean Farnham (analyst), Jeff Goodman (courtside)
  • Live Video:
  • Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Audio/Stats:
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